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Primex Design & Fabrication Automates Sleeve Production

Richmond, Indiana – Primex Design & Fabrication (formerly Woodruff Corporation), the leading manufacturer of reusable, returnable and fully recyclable plastic totes, shipping containers, point of purchase displays and retail packaging, has automated its production process for the manufacture of its Bubble-X™ Sleeve Pak durable sleeves for shipping.

According to Doug Borgsdorf, unit director for Primex Design & Fabrication and Primex Color, Compounding & Additives (Jasper, Tenn.), “our new process allows us to cut production time of our Sleeve Paks by 50 percent, providing vastly improved delivery times to our customers while increasing consistency and overall quality.”.

Combined with a matching pallet and cover, Sleeve Pak is the perfect lightweight, returnable, reusable and recyclable solution. Primex’s multi-layer bubble board delivers protective rigidity along with moisture and chemical resistance. All surfaces of the Bubble-X Sleeve Pak are smooth and can be printed to ensure brand integrity.

Primex Sleeve Paks can be used up to 10 times before recycling versus the one-time use of corrugated paper containers, Additionally, the extremely durable nature of the unique plastic bubble board prevents damage in shipping, providing a much better appearance to end-users. Since Primex Sleeve Paks can be folded flat, they require minimal space for storage and return shipment. Bubble-X Sleeve Pak is made from recyclable polypropylene and comes in a variety of standard sizes and custom colors.

Bubble-X’s unique co-extrusion structure creates a double-walled, three-dimensional board that is stronger and more durable than corrugated paperboard construction, resulting in exceptional strength to weight ratio. “The multi-layer sheet extrusion process allows us to tailor the sheet properties based on the end user’s needs,” said Dan Purpura, process development engineering manager for Primex Plastics.

Bubble-X is the only product of its type manufactured in North America, thus allowing Primex to produce custom sizes, features, wall thicknesses and other properties for their customers and provide rapid delivery for very specific applications from its five North American distribution centers.

Since its introduction last year, Sleeve Pak has become one of Primex Design & Fabrication’s leading products. “The investment in improved speed and quality is already paying off as we promote Sleeve Pak through a variety of channels including our team of 25 sales people throughout the U.S. and Canada, said Borgsdorf.

The Bubble-X Sleeve Pak is part of an entire shipping solution which includes pallets, covers and customized internal components such as foam inserts and dividers. Primex Design & Fabrication custom-formulates the Bubble-X board to include customer-specific characteristics such as UV protection, anti-stat and vapor inhibitors. All edges, locking holes, and doors of the sleeve can be sealed. There are two standard door sizes available.

Standard Sizes
40″ x 40″
40″ x 48″
44″ x 44″
44″ x 54″
45″ x 48″
Height can vary from 24” – 48” in increments of 3”

Door Sizes
30” x 20”
18” x 15”
Add-ons – Locking holes to secure the pallet.

Technical Specifications
THICKNESS GMS
2.6MM (.102″) 610
3MM (.118″) 910
4MM (.157″) 1295
5MM (.197″) 1520
8MM (.315″) 2275
9.5MM (.374″) 3300

PD&F Supports Local Students and Manufacturing Sector

This past Fall and Spring Primex Design & Fabrication was proud to partner with three students from the Ivy Tech Richmond Campus on industrial design projects. PD&F offered the students the opportunity to participate in real-world product design by creating new products using the unique Bubble-X™ extruded sheet material. Professor Patrick Piper supervised the students on behalf of Ivy Tech. Debbie Robinson and Shannon Davis coordinated the projects for Primex.

The objective of the partnership was to expose Ivy Tech students to the vast opportunities in the manufacturing sector by allowing them to design, create and plan the marketing of new products using the Bubble-X material.

Students
Tyler Moore – graduating this Spring with an associate’s degree in Applied Science. Tyler has created an alternative solution to the typical application of plywood to windows as protection in hurricanes. The use of Bubble-X with a unique attachment system is a lighter weight and less expensive alternative to plywood. 9.5mm Bubble-X is less than 50 percent of the weight and half the cost of ½ inch plywood. With the attachment system, a custom-sized sheet of Bubble-X can be applied to a window in seconds without the need for nailing and disfiguring the window trim. Additionally, due to its durability and water proof characteristics, the Bubble-X sheet is reusable, while plywood gets wet and needs to be discarded after every use.

Shannon Stump – graduating Fall of 2017 in Engineering Technology. Shannon has designed a new lightweight and foldable pet carrier system. The carrier can be manufactured in virtually any size. The prototype carrier has been tested to 37 pounds. The carrier is durable, reusable, and easy to clean. Since the carrier is foldable, it takes up substantially less space on retail shelves than existing molded pet carriers.

Roger French – pursuing a degree in Engineering Technology. Roger has created an indoor/outdoor sign system. Bubble-X is durable and 100 percent recyclable and can be printed or laminated. Most outdoor signs are currently produced with corrugated plastic material which is not as durable and shows lines in its surface, presenting a less appealing appearance. Bubble-X’s surface is totally smooth. Roger’s sign system, which includes a tubular steel frame, is easy to change out and can be scaled to 4 X 8 foot panels. He is also designing a frame system that can be applied to long haul trucks without adding much weight.

Outcomes
At a luncheon on May 25 the students will present their projects to a panel that will include Primex Plastics President Mike Cramer, and a representative of Primex’s parent company, ICC Industries. After evaluation and testing, Primex Design & Fabrication will manufacture and market the selected products.

Woodruff / O’Neil Announce Name Change

Woodruff Corporation, the leading manufacturer of reusable, returnable and recyclable plastic shipping containers, point of purchase displays and retail packaging, and O’Neil Color & Compounding, a leading supplier of color and polymer solutions for plastics processors, have announced a change of their names to Primex Design & Fabrication and Primex Color, Compounding & Additives, respectively. Both companies are divisions of sheet extruder Primex Plastics Corporation, a subsidiary of ICC Industries.

 “The new names are more indicative of who we are, what we do and our relationships with our parent company, our customers, employees and suppliers,” said Doug Borgsdorf, Primex’s Business Unit Director for Woodruff and O’Neil. 

 Though the new names don’t become official until January 1, 2017, both companies are using Pack Expo 2016 (Chicago, November 6-9) to launch what they call the “one company” concept. “We want to use this opportunity to introduce our various constituents to, not only the new names, but the important changes in the way we interface with the market,” said Borgsdorf.

 “The new names reflect an emphasis on the synergies between Woodruff, O’Neil and Primex in delivering total solutions to our customers, from materials through recycling,” said Primex President Mike Cramer. But it’s more than one-stop shopping. It’s involvement at the project development stage, ensuring all of Primex’s assets are employed to solve customer challenges and offer the best solutions. According to Cramer, these resources include technical development at Primex’s John J. Farber Technology and Innovation Center, centralized quality control, faster delivery and a single point of contact for the entire process. “All of our Business Managers will be cross trained and well versed in the entire Primex family of services and expertise, allowing them to offer our customers a more comprehensive approach to their needs,” said Tim Schultz, Primex Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

 An additional benefit to the changes include customer access to Primex’s vast inventory and local distribution network. These encompass five U.S. locations and one in Europe, providing just-in-time (JIT) materials for manufacturers along with 24/7 technical support.

 “The name changes allow our companies to approach the market with one unified brand, one that has stood for high quality, innovative products since 1965,” said Schultz.

 

New Primex Fabrication Shipping Sleeves Provide Recyclable, Reusable System for Durability and Reduced Weight

Richmond, Indiana – Primex Design & Fabrication (formerly Woodruff Corporation), the leading manufacturer of reusable, returnable and recyclable plastic shipping containers, point of purchase displays and retail packaging, has announced the release of Bubble-X® Sleeve Pak durable sleeves for shipping. 

Primex Fabrication will be exhibiting the Bubble-X Sleeve Pak system at Pack Expo 2016 booth E-6782, November 6-9 in Chicago.

Bubble-X-Sleeve-PakCombined with a matching pallet and cover, Sleeve Pak is the perfect lightweight, returnable, reusable and recyclable solution. Primex’s high density bubble board delivers protective rigidity along with moisture and chemical resistance. All surfaces of the Bubble-X Sleeve Pak can be screen printed to ensure brand integrity. 

Since Primex Sleeve Paks can be folded flat, they require minimal space for storage and return shipment. Bubble-X Sleeve Pak is made from 100 percent recyclable polypropylene and comes in a variety of standard sizes and colors. 

Bubble X’s unique twin-sheet plastic co-extrusion creates double-walled, three-dimensional board that is 20 times stronger than corrugated paperboard construction. No other process nor material produces this exceptional strength to weight ratio. According to Primex Design & Fabrication Business Unit Director Doug Borgsdorf, “our product is the only one manufactured in North America, thus allowing us to produce custom sizes, colors, wall thicknesses and other properties for our customers and provide rapid delivery for very specific applications. 

TS Tech Americas of Reynoldsburg, Ohio purchased nearly four thousand Bubble-X Sleeve Pak systems including pallets this past June. The Sleeve Paks are used to ship automotive seat frame parts from Mexico to an assembly facility in Ohio. Corporate Manufacturing Administrator Geoffrey Gay needed a custom size and color to match existing containers used by the facility. “We needed a durable, lightweight solution to reduce shipping costs and ensure we could stack the containers three high,” said Gay. 

Primex Design & Fabrication designed the perfect solution for TS Tech, printed the containers to match existing packaging and, because of U.S.-based manufacturing, beat the customer’s delivery expectations. “We can now fit 90 containers in a 53-foot van. By using Bubble-X products, we can reduce the total number of trucks by nearly 40 percent,” said Gay. 

The Bubble-X Sleeve Pak is part of an entire shipping solution which includes pallets, covers and customized internal components such as foam inserts and dividers. Primex Fabrication can custom-formulate the Bubble-X board to include characteristics such as UV protection, anti-stat and vapor inhibitor.

Standard Sizes

40″ x 40″
40″ x 48″
44″ x 44″
44″ x 54″
45″ x 48″

Technical Specifications

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